When the topic of the Sabbath came up, Sonneo sighed. It seemed to him that these Adventists were stuck on an unimportant Old Testament teaching that had no relevance after Jesus’ time on earth and the New Testament.
During the school year the time I spent reading the Bible had showed me that God is a very personal God. I didn’t understand some classes, but after I prayed about it, God showed me how to understand it.
I was working as a receptionist in a law firm that was open six days a week. I asked to have Sabbaths off, but the manager refused, saying I must choose between work and God. “I’ll follow God,” I told him.
After overcoming some challenging visa problems, Anna arrived in New York on January 24, 2013, and immediately joined the other 13 young adults representing all divisions and attached fields of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
This quarter features the Euro-Asia Division (ESD), which spans the distance from the polar regions of the Arctic Circle to the predominantly Muslim regions in the south. It includes the countries of Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Although his grandfather was an imam, and many other relatives were devout in their faith, Igor himself had a very secular childhood. Excelling in sports, he soon became a leader, respected—and feared—by the other boys on the street.
“All of my friends know about my faith but at times it is difficult to share, because some people don’t want to listen. And it can be especially difficult here in Tatarstan to tell people about Jesus Christ.”
“During my first visit to an Adventist church,” recalled Gahida, “the sermon was about the Samaritan woman in John 4. I knew it was me—I was like that Samaritan woman who was searching for something better.
I tried everything to quit smoking—down to one cigarette a day, eating candies, chewing gum . . . but nothing worked. Finally I prayed honestly to God, asking Him, “Lord, please take it away from me.” And in a miraculous way He did.
When I was planning to be baptized, my sisters told me that I should ask my parents for forgiveness. Both of my parents were crying with happiness. And that’s when I realized that you can have all sorts of victories with God.